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on investigation, across agencies, between the federal and local government, are vastly better. our technology for detecting explosives and follow-up investigations, vastly better. these sorts of attacks, as tragic as it was. 3 people killed, over 100 wounded, there's still of a relatively small scale. again, it's not surprising to me that you could have an attack like this and not see information either from the fbi or overseas, that was international terrorism, indicating there might be some threat, either generally or pointed at boston. the level of professionalism and understanding of how now to investigate this and the level of coordination, is markedly better. that will move the investigation forward at a rate we never would have seen in 1995, or with timothy mcveigh or going forward in 2011. >> it wasn't just the boston marathon. it was patriots' day. do you think that the date might play in the investigation? >> the date, april 15th, tax day, patriots day, the marathon, please be individual dots that investigators will think about. they will be careful to, the media, i include myself i
or perhaps neonazis or anti-government patriot groups who have been known to act on patriots day. so the date of the attack suggests that we not overlook the possibility that this could be an american anti-government group. although the type of bomb has most recently been attempted by american jihadists, allegedly promoting al qaeda's vision. >> it still leaves a lot of people wondering where the lead is going to come from that's going to start the investigators on the right trail to find whoever did this. our thanks to dr. jessica stern. thanks for being here. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >>> coming up next, martin bashir with reaction from around the world on this terrible act. much more. stay with us. >>> we will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. we also know this. the american people refuse to be terrorized. [ female announcer ] crest plus scope celebrates the daring ones. for him, who dares to get in the picture. for her, who dares to show her love to the world. for the daring ones, there's crest plus scope. the only toothpaste that combines the freshn
in 2011, just over two years ago, and previously before that the federal government in conjunction with boston did exercises exactly to prepare for situations like this. so what you have is the immediate response is always going to be governed by the boston police department and fire department. and then over team there will be a transition to the fbi. but most importantly, this has to be done hand in hand. the state, local and federal cooperation, this isn't honestly like the movies, where the fbi shows up and says we're in charge now. the relationship between the fbi and state and local authorities in these situations is so much more advanced than it was. and having worked with commissioner ed davis and the fbi for many years, this is ha team that's going to work well together. and i'm really confident that people shouldn't expect fights and turf battles. peel understand, this is a time when everybody works together. the fbi will lead, but the fbi will lean on every agency to collect the information necessary to track these guys down. >> in terms of how this happened today, obvio
. compared to, speaking to an airport or major government building because how large it is how many people would attend, it would be more difficult to protect than a building or something of that nature. >> that was nbc's chris hansen reporting. >>> nervous investors will be looking for fallout over the bombings. and keeping an eye on the investigation in boston. stocks posted their biggest one-day drop of the year on monday. and the sell-off continued overseas this morning. weak economic data out of china sparked the fall. >>> expect to see police and military presents ramped up at major cities across the country today. in boston, massachusetts governor deval patrick says the city is open. though it will not be business as usual. thanks to marathon runners who ran straight to the city's hospitals to donate blood, mass general met all of its blood needs. they are encouraging more donations beginning this morning at 7:30. >>> so, who did this? and what are authorities doing to find the bombers that did it? nbc news terrorism specialist is next. stay with us. most people think that after an
these days for people in my line of work to brag about cut and reduce government. i'm glad they weren't successful. this is an enormously expensive undertaking. large numbers of people and people complaining they're paid too much. well, i hope we have the best possible people. i hope we have people who are the investigators, scientific investigators, personality people who can do this. and i hope they're going to be able to get answers but i don't see how anybody can know right now. >> sir, one thing that was written this morning about "boston globe" column miist and said it's left with an unnerving proposition. a homegrown, lunatic, foreign inspired or sponsored, we'll never feel safe in our own town. i know you said you want to feel optimistic. what's your message of people of boston and massachusetts? >> that's greatly hyperbolic. we have a terrible attack. thousands of people killed. many more on 9/11. i'm sitting here in the new haven train station now about to take a train to manhattan and i feel safe. again, this is awful. people died and they deserve their families great sympa
terrorist that hates the government and wants to rebel, that's a symbol as well. we'll follow the evidence the way law enforcement do. being a former d.a., you only know what you know. and their sorting those things out. the fusion center here, where the federal law enforcement people work with the tolerate state law enforcement people is one of the finest in the country. it's rated that way. there's no question in my mind that that group added the assets of the entire country that the president is calling on will bring them to justice. there's that level of confidence right now. but it's hard to go there when you're sitting there, and, you know, that people that you know, and people that know other people have been injured in this, and this terrible incident, three have lost their lives. it's hard to get past that, now. but the professionals that are doing this are. and they're going to bring them to justice. >> and one of the reasons i wanted to get specific about the details from the hospitals is about while this targeted apparently near the finish line of the marathon, it really did ta
of the investigation, i think there are different parts and different parts of the government are handling different parts of the investigation. so obviously, the most important and immediate thing are those events and evidence that are near the attack. that are approximate to the attack. that includes the crime scene. that includes the material used in the bomb and the process of reconstructing what that bomb looked like. it is designed, the materials it used. the nature of the timer that was used. then there is a whole separate line of inquiry at surveillance video that might have been taken in the area. you remember yesterday, and pete referred to this at the top of the hour. that the boston police officials asked if anyone had taken pictures of video to please submit it to the authorities. one of the big differences, i was in front of a camera like this more than a decade ago when 9/11 happened. when we didn't have facebook and we didn't have iphones and camera phones. now, at an event like the boston marathon, you'd better believe that everyone is taking a picture. waiting for a loved one to co
in 2011, just over 2 years ago and previously before that, the federal government in conjunction with boston did exercises exactly to prepare for situations like this. so what you have is the immediate response is always going to be governed by the boston police department and fire department. the people who are on the scene and have many officials there to respond. and then over time, there will be a transition to the fbi. most importantly, this has to be done hand-in-hand. the state, local and federal cooperation, this isn't honestly like the movies where the fbi shows up and says, we're in charge now. the relationship between the fbi and state and local authorities in these situations is so much more advanced than it was. and having worked with commissioner ed davis and the fbi for many years, this is a team that's going to work well together. and i'm really confident that people shouldn't expect fights and turf battles. people understand this is a time where everybody works together. the fbi will now lead, but the fbi will lean on every federal agency and state and local auth
, looking at intelligence, working with the fbi, the counterterrorism entities and the federal government, the fusion center of boston to see if there was anything being discussed about that event. is there any chatter about it? are there any threats being directed at it? so the intelligence analysis is extraordinarily comprehensive. by all accounts, there was nothing appearing on the radar screen that there was anything being directed at this event. in terms of physically at the site as you know, they would use bomb detecting dogs. the area where this event occurred where the bombs went off. if i understand it correctly based on past experience as well as yesterday, it would have been a v.i.p. area in which there would have been credentials necessary to get into that area. the level of security is so different, it's no longer just crowd control. it is to try and prevent exactly what happened yesterday. the awful tragedy that happened there in boston. >> and given commissioner that this was and is part of the towns that you covered heading up police departments around the country, just yo
is being descended upon by the best bomb investigators that federal and state and local governments have that will literally be on their hand and knees looking over every square inch of that area. >> michaelle, i assume today is about two major pieces of information. one is what pete was describing, putting basically the bomb back together, doing that. the other is, because there's so much video footage, i assume that there's somebody sitting at ctc there frame by frame by frame. >> on the bomb, i agree. we will a have a much better sense by the close of today. with the video i expect that to take a bit longer time. city of boston has cameras. lots of businesses. hotels. they have video. you're going to have to get video from a wide, wide have right -- >> i would be shocked if this person is not on camera somewhere. >> yes. i'll be shocked if they're not. but investigators will have to go through hours and hours and hours of tapes from multiple sources and they'll see lots of people but they won't know who's actually suspicious necessarily until they connect it with something else. >> an
. in the 1993 world trade center bombing because that was really a federal facility, the federal government got involved but immediately almost had a fistfight between fbi and atf. so now what you've got it looks like a good working relationship between president obama and governor deval patrick has allowed a very smooth handoff from the boston police to the fbi. in watching just the press conferences so far, they've been sending the right signals of having a joint communicative working relationship. and that's critical to having an effective investigation. >> you and i were talking before about lockerbie, how you could determine through finding little particles of machinery that this was perhaps done by a certain kind of detonator. how far along are we? we already know now it was something to do with a circuit board. what does that tell you? >> they're saying they found a circuit board. how big of a piece, we don't know. remember in another case, it was about the size of your thumbnail and took well over a year before that was really nailed down. i think in this case because you're not having
:00 tonight, about three hours after the explosions. >> i direct the federal government to help state and local authorities to protect our people, increased security as necessary and investigate what happened. i want to reiterate, we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. >> msnbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. chris ten, what is the latest reaction from the white house and the white house staff? >> reporter: well, senior administration officials say the president will continue to be updated on this situation throughout the evening. right now, they are approaching this as an act of terror. i'll read the latest statement. any event with multiple devices as this clearly is is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. a thorough investigation will happen. was this an act of terror carried out by a foreign or do mystic group? you heard president obama make the point of whoever carried this out will be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. the president was made aware of it at 3:00 this afternoon. he extended his thou
and respond to the situation as it unfolds. and i've directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the united states as necessary and investigate that. we still do not know who did this or why. and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> the president saying we still do not know who did this or why and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. that remains true at this moment as i speak to you. security has been stepped up around the white house this evening and passenger cities around the country from miami to new york city to los angeles. joining us from boston, katy turr. can you tell me the late nest boston in terms of where people are, what has been closed off and what the state of the city is now hours after the attack? >> it's ve
of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the united states as necessary and investigate what happened. i just want to reiterate, we will find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable. >> joining me from washington, nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. what is the latest reaction from the white house and white house staff? >> well, lawrence, senior administration officials say the president will continue to be updated on this situation throughout the evening. and right now, they are approaching this as an act of terror. i'll read you the latest statement we have coming out of the white house. it says, quote, any event with multiple explosive devices as this appears to be is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. however, we don't yet know who carried out this attack. and the thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned or carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic. that is the question key, lawrence, was this an act of terror carried out
appear this event would be considered a soft target comparatively speaking to an airport or government building. because of how large it is and how many people would attend it would be more difficult to protect than a biluilding. >> reporter: overseas attacks on soft targets have been attacked. here in the united states attacks on soft targets have been require. one such exception, the 1996 olympics in atlanta. a pipe bomb was planted that killed two and injured 100. >> how many of these potential attacks have been aborted over the years? >> there's been dozens of potential attacks. the fact of the matter is the department of defense and the u.s. intelligence community and the fbi and homeland security are actively and pursuing adversaries on a regular basis. >> reporter: there have been near misses. in 2010 a car bomb began to detonate but there was no explosion. authorities were able to find and arrest the lone wolf now serving life in prison. ever since 9/11 security experts have worried about public events like the marathon and the super bowl and even the presidential inauguration.
with first response and what the federal government is doing, the fbi as the lead agency? >> i certainlial. the boston police department is an outstanding police department, the fbi, homeland security, atf, they're all working on this, the president is leading this. this is not a time for democrats or republican politics, the president is putting in place, putting in motion the counterterrorism and the anti-terrorism units we have in our country that have been developed over the last 11 1/2 years and they're going to do an outstanding job. >> congressman briefly, do you think that this will lead to more cameras? i know it's controversial, there are privacy issues, boston does have a lot of cameras, europe cities led by london have the most. are americans going to have to get used to more surveillance on a daily basis? >> i think we do. privacy involves being in a private location. anyone can look at you, can see you, can watch what you're doing. a camera just makes it more sophisticated. it's no different from your neighbor look out the window at you or a police officer walking down the st
would be putting the full weight and resources of the federal government behind figuring out who exactly is responsible for this. so still a very somber day here at the white house, tamron. as in past tragedies, the president has visited communities who are suffering. i would not be surprised if we saw president obama take a trip to boston in the coming days. >> thank you very much of before we go to break, i want to reiterate is breaking news from pete williams, that it fathers bombs were explosives made of pressure cookers placed at the scene. likely in backpacks. the explosive charge, according to the information, could propel shrapnel and fragments of that pressure cooker itself at speeds of 3,300 feet per second. that's more than three times the speed of a .9 millimeter round fired from a gun. so we're getting more information on the actual material used to create that explosives and how they may have gone undetected by so many people if they were hidden in, as believed right now, backpacks. that is the latest information regarding the details of the explosives used. security now be
bombing, we are now seeing ominous threats from those who believe that the government is poised to take their guns. is this something you had heard anything about as a member of this committee? >> well, we have. we have had hearings that talk about both international terrorists as well as domestic terrorists. there are over 1,000 organizations identified here in this country with some domestic terrorist nexus so it's an issue. as to whether or not it develops here in boston remains to be seen but all of the systems focused on trying to identify who the party or parties involved in this dastardly act. >> congressman benny thompson, thanks so much for being with us today. now i want to bring in tag romney, oldest son of former presidential candidate mitt romney. where were you? >> we were patriots day is a big -- >> holiday, right. >> i had taken my family to fenway park. we are at the red sox game and watched the marathon and hopped in a cab to go home just before the explosion happened. >> i'm sorry. are we going somewhere now? we'll go live. this is the news conference at mass general.
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